Category: Home Decor

Budget Window Treatments

We finally have window treatments for the family room, hooray!

roman shades

This room has LOTS of windows and we knew that it was going to cost quite a pretty penny to get window treatments. We already have white floor-length curtains on the sliding doors, so we decided to do simple white roman shades for the windows. I figure, white is classic, and if I tire of the look I can always stencil them or add paint or ribbon or something.

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I found these at JCPenny and they were among the cheapest I could find. AND, they are currently on SALE so go grab them now if you are looking for simple white roman blinds. They are the Savannah III Roman Shades. When we bought them they were 25% off and we got some extra discounts using our secret method for getting online discounts. Just to put it in perspective, the 31″ shades are on sale now for $30 compared to getting them $100 or more elsewhere.

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They may be cheap roman shades, but they are surprisingly good quality for the price. They don’t fully block out the sun, but rather just filter the light. This isn’t a bedroom so that’s fine for us. (This is also our toy storage area).

I heard about these shades through Emily Henderson’s blog. I figured, she’s a pro, so I can’t go too far wrong, right? The JCPenny shades were among her picks for cheap roman shades that are simple, functional, and decent quality.

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A roman shade was pretty much the best solution for this awkward area under the spiral staircase that goes up to the loft. Well, mini-blinds would have worked, but they’re just not as pretty!

(By the way, that milk-crate plastic fencing in the right bottom corner is our attempt at babyproofing the spiral staircase so the baby doesn’t hit her head under the stairs.)

I still have many other windows in this house to work on, and I think I’ll try a DIY roman shade next, probably in the kitchen, so stay tuned!

See more pictures of the family room here.

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A Bright and Cheerful Nursery Tour

It’s been a while since I’ve posted pictures of Baby Brownie’s nursery. The last tour I posted was before Baby Brownie was born, and there are a few functional updates that I added after she actually joined us. I also added a few more pops of color here and there.

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Compare this to the previous nursery tour and you’ll see a few small differences:

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First of all, we got rid of the rocker and replaced it with a small and super comfy loveseat. Baby Brownie never really liked being held and rocked (I know, what a weirdo!), and the loveseat allows us to sit and read a book with her, or just hang out in her room.

Plus, it literally just kills me when she lounges on the sofa like a big girl. She just loves sitting there like the big people and it’s kind of the cutest thing you’ve ever seen. Funny how the most inane things are freakishly adorable when it’s your kid.

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We also added blackout linings to the thin IKEA curtains. I just bought 4 yards of blackout fabric at Joann’s (used a 50% off coupon) and sewed them to the backs of the curtains; just one straight seam right at the top. Baby Brownie’s naps got quite a bit longer after we added those.

Oh and on the left of the above picture you can see the open closet. We still haven’t gotten around to putting closet doors or a curtain up, but I actually don’t mind seeing everything, as long as it’s moderately neat.

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A folding table was brought over by the couch to hold the humidifier (the table is taller than the IKEA LACK table we had there before, which means we can put a few things on it without Baby Brownie pulling them down).

We added a larger, more substantial, and more colorful rug (from IKEA) to create more play space for her.

I added some Skip Hop Wall Decals on the wall over the crib.

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We didn’t really get a baby bedding set as we didn’t want a traditional crib bumper. We did eventually get a mesh crib bumper because the baby kept getting her leg stuck between the slats. We’ll remove that as soon as she shows signs of trying to climb out of the crib.

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We also didn’t go for a specific nursery theme. We just went with what we had and what worked. It all ended up matching pretty well. Lots of bright colors and animals!

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Numbered bins from IKEA hold random toys, books, and socks. Floral hooks from World Market hold her towel. Speaking of which, I need to add a 3rd hook to the left, don’t I? It’s looking pretty lopsided.

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These bins may not look like much but when I’m doing a frenzied last-minute tidy of Baby Brownie’s room it’s nice to just throw stuff in there.

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I know dark furniture isn’t as trendy now but I still like our dark cherry finish nursery furniture. The map print I bought online and finally put up securely with 3M Command strips after it fell down several times.

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I love that fox clock. I bought it in Toronto at the Superstore ($10! Can’t beat it!) with my sister who was pregnant at the time with Baby Brownie’s cousin. The two girls have the same clock hanging up in their room even though they’re several thousand miles apart with a 3-hour time difference =).

The art is a cheapo $2 Walmart frame I spray painted and I added some free printable art.

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I feel like the room is much more functional now, with more seating, the blackout curtains, some convenient storage, and a clock! And it’s definitely more colorful now too. Guess you can never be totally prepared for having a baby…you really just have to wait till the little one arrives to know exactly what you need!

Dear readers, those of you who have kids, what did you end up unexpectedly needing or not needing after your child was born? Did that change your nursery decor?

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A Few Yard Updates

Sorry about the lack of house posts this week, folks. We’ve got a couple of projects on the backburner and they’re just taking a while to get to the point where they merit a post. I’m really excited about them though and think they’ll have a big impact on our space.

Here’s a quick little update on the status of the yard. We recently added these new patio chairs. They’re from Kmart, of all places, and they were only $13 each, on sale! My husband is really good at finding deals like this.

new patio chairs

The new chairs are nice and comfy. They’re obviously not the highest quality things, but they are comparable to thirty-dollar chairs at Target or Home Depot, so I’m ok with the price we paid! They replace these grody things:

old patio chairs

The whole patio set was a hand-me-down from Chris’ parents. It was awesome, still sturdy and functional, but the chairs had seen better days. There was a ton of discoloration from sitting out in the sun for years, and it didn’t improve despite my attempts to bleach them out.

I finally got Chris to agree that we should get new ones. Now that we have nice chairs out there, I actually sit out there more! I’ll watch the baby running around the yard while I have my morning coffee.

patio chairs from kmart

The paint on the table is badly chipping and we’re planning to scrape it down and spray paint it. Guess what color we’re going to go with?

hose reel

We also installed a new hose reel this week. Suddenly the hose, which was lying coiled on the patio, is gone, and we have so much more usable space! It’s the little things…

Boy, we really need to get the outside of the house repainted. Sigh. That’s what happens when you buy a fixer. You have to live with peeling paint until you get around to it…which could be months or years. Be warned!

Quick Update with IKEA Cushions

I’m fortunate to live close enough to an IKEA that the words “IKEA run” are in my vocabulary. Although the giant home furnishings retailer is notorious for gobbling up entire Saturday afternoons (and destroying relationships, Re: 30 Rock), I’ve perfected the art of going straight to what I need, grabbing it, and little else. This time, the baby and I were in and out in less than 45 minutes!

I had been wanting to add more color to the family room couch and I thought some cushions would let me do so quickly and affordably:

Update sofa with IKEA cushions

I ended up going with the Sanela turquoise cotton velvet pillow covers at $7 and the Fjadrar feather-stuffed inner cushions at $6.99 each. So that comes to about $14 a pillow, which is pretty reasonable, especially for velvet. And since the inner cushion can be easily removed, I can switch the cushion covers easily without having to buy a whole new cushion!

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sofa with blue cushions

I really think those blue cushions add a certain je ne sais quoi to the room, don’t you? Hee hee. They give it a more coastal and relaxed vibe and actually help the red/brown design on the cream cushions to pop more (the cream cushions are made from World Market napkins). And I love how they pick up the shades of blue in the painting on the left.

I also grabbed the Emmie Kvist long pillow:

Guest bed

I was originally going to put it on the sofa but it didn’t work. It was too big and the pattern was too dark. So I threw it on the guest bed and liked it.

guest bed front

It’s a lot of pattern but this room kind of needs it. Those walls really need some art. And I’m kind of over the orangey-red nightstands. They’re fun but they’re starting to look a bit juvenile. I’ve been considering painting them a glossy smoke gray to make them look a bit more sophisticated.

Ok! Well, that’s just a quick little update with IKEA pillows. What great deals have you found at IKEA lately?

Peek Inside the Family Room

Well, this post has been a long time coming. I’ve shared how we gutted the family room, painted the walls, spray painted the spiral staircase, and refaced the fireplace, but I haven’t shown pictures of the actual room yet. Mostly because…well, to be honest, most of the time, that room is a mess. It’s covered in toys and random bits of laundry, and the odd Cheerio here or there. But yesterday I went into a mini frenzy of tidying up and I got a few photos to show for it!

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That sofa is a hand-me-down from family. It’s still in good shape so we’re not planning to buy a new one anytime soon. So I need to make the dark color work for us. I’m hoping to add in some more bright and light cushions (hmm…Chris won’t be too happy about that). Maybe in light blues?

family room sofa front

This offset window is very frustrating. It was added to the room before the corner fireplace was installed, so it’s totally off-center. I thought about hanging curtains on either side to help visually center it more, but I can’t because the curtains’ proximity to the fireplace would be a fire hazard. So I’m planning to install a roman shade, and create a grouping of paintings/pictures to the left of the window to help balance it out.

Those awesome midcentury oak Parsons tables are also hand-me-downs. They look a little less orange in person and I love them. The top of the table has a beautiful herringbone pattern.

loveseat and spiral staircase

The loveseat butts up against the spiral staircase that we repainted. Wow, it’s amazing how when you take a picture of a space you really get a different perspective of things. I never realized how weird those yellow and blue cushions look against the loveseat…very 80s’.

oil painting vignette

The oil painting that we bought in Hong Kong and stretched on a frame ourselves. Antique glasses I found thrifting (very Mad Men; just need a bottle of brandy to go with it), and a photo of my baby girl. The little table it sits on is an antique passed down from Chris’ grandmother. We refinished the top which had seen some wear.

expedit media unit

Across from the sofa sits the IKEA Expedit media unit. This model is discontinued, I think, because TVs are getting too big to fit. Ours is a smaller TV so it fit perfectly. We finally got around to anchoring it to the wall and I breathed a big sigh of relief. The baby plays under this thing daily and I did NOT want it falling down on her in an earthquake.

I’m still working on a solution for camouflaging all those cords. Maybe something like this knotted lamp cord.

This room still needs a lot of work but it’s definitely a lot better than before!

family room before

 

family room with corner fireplace

Check out the other projects we did in this room:

Refacing Corner Fireplace
Happy Green Paint on the Walls
Spray Painting Spiral Staircase

It’s almost Friday yippee! Today I’m planning to shop for Mother’s Day. I already sent my mom a lovely pearl necklace and I’m looking for something for my MIL and Gracie’s great-grandma!

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